Motorcycle Accidents: What You Need to Know

Norton_MotorcycleTraveling by motorcycle is a fun, economical way to get where you need to go. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are not uncommon. When a crash with a motorcycle occurs, the rider is often seriously injured, or even killed. The number of motorcycle deaths increased in California in 2014, even though the total number of traffic fatalities decreased overall.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle fatalities in California increased by about 12% in 2014 over 2013. This is according to statistics kept by the California Office of Traffic Safety, or OTS. In 2013 there were 463 motorcycle fatalities, while in 2014 that number increased to 519 deaths. Motorcycle deaths per 100,000 registered operators were 54 in 2013. This number increased to 60 in 2014.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries may be quite serious. In some cases, the victim is permanently disabled as a result of injuries. The most common injuries that occur in a motorcycle accident are head trauma, back and neck injuries, and broken bones. Serious head trauma may result in lifelong disability or death. Those who wear helmets fare better overall than those who do not. For this reason, California law requires that all motorcycle operators and riders wear helmets at all times.

Preventing Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are preventable. Accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles are often not caused by the motorcyclist. However, it is important that motorcycle operators do everything they can to stay safe on the roads. This includes making sure that they drive defensively. To improve motorcycle safety, the California Highway Patrol, or CHP, is responsible for administering training programs. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to participate in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, or CMSP.

After a Serious Motorcycle Crash

If you or a loved one are the victim of a serious motorcycle accident, your first priority is certainly to get the emergency medical treatment you need. The police will review the circumstances of the accident and gather information from the drivers and any witnesses. If the accident was caused by negligence on the part of another driver, you may need to file a legal claim for any damages that were incurred. Damages may include costs for medical treatment, medications, and rehabilitation, as well as money for lost wages and pain and suffering. Additional damages may also apply in your situation. It is advisable to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after any accident.

Consider Your Legal Options

The law limits the time you have to file a claim. It is essential to seek guidance from an attorney before you settle with the insurance company. You may be entitled to more money than they initially offer, and there may be some expenses that you are not even yet aware of. The medical costs for these types of injuries can be astronomical, and they may require a lengthy recovery time. If you were seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash, call the experienced legal team at Brod Law Firm to schedule a consultation. Call us today at 800-427-7020 to discuss your case with one of our highly skilled attorneys.

 

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